Thai Pork Salad
I am sorry to keep you waiting for a long time for this post. We had been travelling for the past few days and I was totally into holiday mood. We just came back from Phuket in Thailand. Now I know why it is rated as one of the best tourist destinations in the world. Phuket boasts of a number of picturesque beaches and each of them is unique. This is one of the best places I have ever visited. The temperature was just right and we enjoyed thoroughly. I came back rejuvenated and de-stressed. Phuket was so relaxing!
Thai food is delectable. I particularly loved the salads there. We had green papaya salad and Thai Beef salad. I recreated the Thai Beef salad here, which tasted just similar to what I had in Marriott Café, Phuket. However, I replaced beef with pork, but the results were equally good. Don’t prefer pork or beef? Try chicken breast or tiger prawns. This salad is sweet-n-sour as well as spicy. It has lemon juice and bird eye chillies as the main ingredients for the dressing. The salad is quite filling and very refreshing: highly recommended!
Thai Pork Salad
[This salad is actually made with beef, but pork worked perfectly well here. The real fun is the spicy and lemony flavour, but if you are not comfortable with chillies, avoid crushing them and use them halved.]
- Pork rump: 250 g
- Lemon juice: 4 tbsp
- Brown sugar: 1 tsp
- Bird’s eye chillies (halved): 2
- Salt for the dressing: ¼ tsp
- Salt for marinating the pork: ½ tsp
- Lemongrass paste or powder (optional): ½ tsp
- Grated ginger: ½ tsp
- Medium-sized tomato (thinly sliced): ¾
- Chinese celery leaves: ½ cup
- Spring onion greens: chopped roughly into one-inch pieces
- Medium-sized purple onion (thinly sliced): ½
- Cucumber (deseeded): chopped into thin rectangles
- Chopped purple onion: 1 tsp
- Finely chopped bird’s eye chilli: ½ tsp
Marinate the pork with 1 tbsp lemon juice, ½ tsp salt and lemongrass powder for 1 hour. Grill, till the outside looks crispy and brown and a skewer passes through the meat easily.
Cool the meat and thinly slice the grilled pork. Keep aside.
In a salad bowl, mix the onions, cucumber, tomatoes, spring onion greens and celery leaves with the rest of the lemon juice, salt and brown sugar. Crush the last two ingredients and mix in. Add the chopped, grilled pork now. Serve.
Go on a holiday, enjoy life and eat well. Have a great summer ahead!
July 8, 2012 @ 9:13 am
It looks absolutely divine! I love the beef version, so I am very keen to try it with pork. Your children are beautiful!
Renu navin paliwal
July 8, 2012 @ 9:33 am
hi purabi… even i fell inlove with thai food after visiting thaialand.. ohuket is indeed a very beautiful place..
i dont eat pork so will hav eto try with chicken or prawns.. did u ahve pad thai an dthat too from teh streets.. ?? we were totally in love with pad thai 🙂
July 8, 2012 @ 11:09 am
The salad looks awesome….seems like you had a great holiday 🙂
July 8, 2012 @ 12:03 pm
awesome salad!…..love the colour of the water….gorgeous snaps:)
July 8, 2012 @ 12:27 pm
Hi Purabi Naha ,
Looks perfect !!!
Keep on Dear,,,
July 8, 2012 @ 1:04 pm
A perfect salad for these hot summer days! It looks wonderful and so are the family photos! Beautiful, happy family 🙂
Sabrina @ loulousucre
July 8, 2012 @ 1:59 pm
This looks delicious and that beach looks amazing!! Looks like y’all had a great trip.
my cup of tea
July 8, 2012 @ 2:30 pm
Yum! This looks and sounds wonderful!! Great family photos and beautiful beach! Looks like you and your family had a great adventure!
July 8, 2012 @ 4:15 pm
What a grand adventure and AWESOME dish. I’m drooling. Your kids are ridiculously fabulous.
July 8, 2012 @ 4:43 pm
It’s important to get away! I’ve never been to Thailand, but it’s supposed to be wonderful – sounds as if it is, from your report. Glad you had a good time. Nice dish, too. I haven’t tasted either the beef or pork version, but the pork sounds better to me, too. I’d love to get my hands on some bird’s eye chilies – not that easy to find in the US. Good post – thanks.
July 8, 2012 @ 7:36 pm
I’ve never been to Thailand before but it’s on my list of places to visit. I hear wonderful things about it and from the looks of the ocean it looks heavenly.
Your Thai salad sounds delicious. I’m not sure what Birds Eye Chiliis are but will check it out. Glad you had a nice trip
July 9, 2012 @ 1:36 am
Your Thai pork salad looks delicious. Lovely photos!
July 9, 2012 @ 10:29 am
Lovely share, dear! Nice family shots! Reminds me of my kid when he was that age, so adorable. It’s always nice to take a break once a while to recharge. I’m hungry now!
July 9, 2012 @ 7:27 pm
awwww… what a sweet family picture!
i don’t eat pork but i am assuming i can use chicken in this lovely salad instead. this entire week, i am following a strict diet of fruits, veggies, salads and chicken with the hopes that i can lose these last few pregnancy pounds…hehe.
July 13, 2012 @ 2:13 am
Cakewhiz, yes, you can easily use chicken (breast) for this recipe. Congratulations on your pregnancy and wish you giggling and fun times ahead!
Non stick, Nutty and Sous chef
July 10, 2012 @ 2:59 am
That looks good! That salad would be a hit in our house cos my husband loves pork and i love a good salad! 🙂
Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen
July 10, 2012 @ 4:31 pm
What a gorgeous family, Purabi! Looks like you all had a wonderful holiday. Love the salad – spicy, sweet, fragrant, delicious!
wok with ray
July 10, 2012 @ 10:38 pm
Beautiful scenery and beautiful salad. Looks very delicious and refreshing, Purabi! 🙂
July 10, 2012 @ 11:24 pm
yummyyyy yummyyy salad and beautiful island
July 11, 2012 @ 6:05 pm
This with beef is one of my all time favourite salads! Your kids are gorgeous! Brings back many a memory of dive holidays in Thailand!
July 12, 2012 @ 4:00 am
I like your family picture…your kids are so so cute Purabi 🙂
I never had this kind of salad…but I know I will enjoy it…with all the ingredients in it…it is a meal itself.
Hope you re enjoying your week 🙂
July 12, 2012 @ 7:39 pm
Looks like you enjoyed your holiday time. I just nominated your blog for the Versatile Blog Award. Congratilation!!
July 13, 2012 @ 2:11 am
Oh, thank you so much Skinny Simple Recipes! So thoughtful of you to pass this award to me!! 🙂
July 15, 2012 @ 3:13 am
Purabi, I too loved Phuket and BAngkok trip few years back. Scenic beauty is breathtaking …And the street food they offer is awesome !! Good to know that you are rejuvenated after this trip. Gorgeous kids. God bless them.
Nice filling salad
Nami | Just One Cookbook
July 15, 2012 @ 10:12 am
I’ve been to Phuket before and it was beautiful! My brother lives in Thailand but I rarely get to visit him because it’s too far. I love your family picture and your children are so adorable! Sounds like you had a nice vacation!
The salad looks fantastic. I love Thai flavored salad a lot – always so refreshing!
July 16, 2012 @ 9:04 am
Seems like you had a really good time in Phuket! Never seen having pork for salad, by the way. This salad of yours look so different and delish!